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AER scholarship applications for children, spouses accepted through April 1

Applications for the Army Emergency Relief (AER) student and spouse scholarship programs are available online through April 1.

Student scholarships
The Maj. Gen. James Ursano AER Scholarship Program is for dependent children of Soldiers (active duty, retired and deceased). The program is for full-time students at an undergraduate, technical or vocational institution accredited by the Department of Education and is awarded annually up to four academic years.

Funds may be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies or school room and board. Students may reapply each year and must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.

A student applying for 2011-2012 Academic Year (AY) must be younger than 23 for the entire AY.

The applicant must be an unmarried dependent child of an active-duty or retired Soldier or a dependent child of a Soldier who died in either status. All Soldiers and students must be registered in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS). A student’s DEERS status can be verified by calling 1-800-538-9552.

Applications for the 2011-2012 AY scholarships are available online at the website http://www.aerhq.org. Online applications must be submitted by April 1. Other deadlines are in the instructions. AER will notify applicants if they have received a scholarship in June 2011.

U.S. spouse scholarships
The AER Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program is for spouses of active-duty and retired Soldiers, and widow(ers) of Soldiers who died either on active duty or in a retired status, and are residing in the United States.

All spouses must be registered in DEERS. This program cannot be used for second undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Scholarship awards are based on financial need and are awarded annually for up to four academic years to attend post-secondary school full time as undergraduate-level students. Funds can be used for academic expenses at the attending university/school and are disbursed equally between the fall and spring semesters/quarters to assist with tuition, books, fees and supplies. Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.

Applications for the 2011-2012 AY scholarships are available online at the AER website.

All applications must be submitted by April 1, and AER will notify applicants if they will receive a scholarship in June 2011.

Overseas spouse scholarships
The AER Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program (OSEAP) is for spouses of active-duty Soldiers assigned and living at Overseas Commands only (Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico are considered for the stateside program, not OSEAP). The spouse must physically reside with the Soldier at the assigned command.

Spouses must be enrolled, accepted, or pending acceptance as students for the entire term in post-secondary or vocational institutions under contract at the education office and approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

Spouses are not eligible if they are visiting outside the command and taking correspondence courses online.

Enrollments under OSEAP need not be full time.

Spouses may participate in additional programs as defined in the OSEAP Description, located on the AER website at http://www.aerhq.org. Graduate schools and foreign schools are not eligible.

Financial assistance is awarded up to half the cost of tuition per term based on financial need, as evidenced by income, assets, Family size, special financial obligations and circumstances. The academic year consists of five terms.

Applications for the 2010-2011 AY scholarships are available at the AER website. Applications must be submitted online by the term deadline date, as listed in the OSEAP instructions.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.

(Submitted by Army Community Service.)

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